Department of Highways, District 11
GOVERNOR FLETCHER, KYTC, FAA & LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AWARD $684,210 TO WILLIAMSBURG-WHITLEY COUNTY AIRPORT

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 24, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
INFORMATION OFFICER
606) 598-2145
Sandy.Rudder@ky.go
 


Governor Ernie Fletcher, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Federal Aviation Administration and local governments are working to upgrade the aviation network for the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport. A contract totaling $684,210 will be invested for Land Acquisition Reimbursement.  This is reimbursement for land purchased by the airport itself.  Sometimes land is purchased in order to build or expand.  Also, in an airport’s case, land may be purchased just to provide an extra safety “buffer” between the airport and surrounding civilization.

 “Our airports are crucial to the future economic development in our state,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Aviation forecasts predict this industry will grow significantly over the next decade, and it's important that Kentucky is ready.”

“The Department of Aviation has a clear mission to improve aviation safety, enhance our existing infrastructure, add new infrastructure where gaps exist and make us more attractive to businesses that are looking to relocate or expand,” stated acting Secretary  Bill Nighbert.”  “This project is an example of our continuing work to make Kentucky a shining example for aviation across the Nation!”

These improvement projects are the result of a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and local governments.  The Federal Aviation Administration contributes 95% of the funding with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and local counties providing the remaining 5%.
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